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Monday, July 8, 2013

Force-Feeding Mos Def, Guantanamo Bay Style

Posted by on Mon, Jul 8, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Yasiin Bey, formerly Mos Def, volunteered to undergo a force-feeding demonstration with the British human rights group Reprieve:

Bey has spoken out about the "war on terrorism" before. He issued a statement recently protesting Assata Shakur's addition to the FBI's Most Wanted List. In the 2004 song 'Bin Laden' with Immortal Technique, Eminem and Jadakiss, he sung the chorus: "Bin Laden didn't blow up the projects / It was you, nigga / Tell the truth, nigga / Bush knocked down the towers."

Here's Reprieve's statement about the video:

Prisoners in Guantanamo have been hunger-striking since February this year, with the total number involved now well over 100. The strike is in protest against their ongoing detention, despite the vast majority of prisoners never having been charged or tried, and over half the remaining population having even been cleared for release by the US Government. However, their peaceful protest has met with an increasingly aggressive response from camp authorities, including force-feeding and violent procedures known as 'forcible cell extractions’ (FCEs).

Commenting, Reprieve's Director and attorney for Guantanamo prisoners Clive Stafford Smith, said: "President Obama could take the steps needed to release cleared prisoners from Guantanamo any time he likes, but so far has lacked the political courage to do so. We hope that public solidarity with the hunger-strikers in Guantanamo will persuade him to change his mind."

 

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treacle 1
Props to Mos Def for doing that, and showing us.
Posted by treacle on July 8, 2013 at 2:55 PM · Report this
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The "bush knocked down the towers" part of that hook is actually Jadakiss.
Posted by Rap Game on July 8, 2013 at 3:27 PM · Report this
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I've been intubated. I don't think less of the fellow for his reaction or halting the demonstration.

I would not care to imagine having this done twice a day.
Posted by xizar on July 8, 2013 at 3:38 PM · Report this
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I've experienced intubation too and yeah, it's sucky. That bad? Twice a day forever would be pretty bad, though the one time Mos Def experienced it... well, I don't know, it might have been worse for him, but having a tube down my throat through my nose didn't turn me into a weeping wreck. I really hated it, but that's about it.
Posted by tom006 on July 8, 2013 at 9:48 PM · Report this
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Mos Def proves that he's a gigantic pussy, guess those 20th century British suffragettes were just tougher--not to mention the actual detainees.
http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/h?am…))
Posted by pioneer on July 8, 2013 at 10:14 PM · Report this
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@5: Would you care to provide a working link so the rest of us might have a chance at puzzling out wtf you're going on about?
Posted by treehugger on July 9, 2013 at 8:37 AM · Report this
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@2: Thanks for pointing that out.
Posted by Ansel Herz on July 9, 2013 at 5:52 PM · Report this

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